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Outer Banks North Carolina Fishing Reports
Day 2 Key West tournament
Day two of the Key West King Mackerel tournament started out much better. We came out into a slick calm ocean and went to full throttle for 40 miles. Once we arrived to our spot, we set out bait and within minutes, had the first fish on. It was our first king of the day that weighed out at 37 pounds. Not bad, but we knew it wouldn’t be a winning fish. After several other fish, I boated a nice Dolphin, which we had for dinner back home. Later that morning, Bill hooked a huge Sailfish which he fought for a while before breaking it off. In the afternoon, the bite slowed, but not before boating a 40 pound king which put us in second place in our class and 19th overall. All the guys worked together like a well oil machine to put the fish in the box. We all had a great time fishing and look forward to a great season with the SKA.
Day one of the Key West King Mackerel tournament did not turn out very good for us. Ruff seas and not being able to pre-fish made it hard for us to find quality fish. Our first day fish was just over 17 pounds, which is a small king anywhere. We had a hard time the first part of the week locating bait fish, but loaded up on Thursday and Friday. Saturday, we got off to a slow start, but have a good idea of where to fish on Sunday. We all had a blast catching bait with a total of over 400 various fish caught and only 150 bait fish kept. All others were released, except for a few that we had for dinner.
We’ll I’ve got the boat and truck packed up and we are ready for our first King Mackerel tournament, the only problem is the boat ramp is over 1000 mile away. That’s right, we are headed to Key West where the fishing is hot and the beer is cold. Stay tuned for more reports are how we do in the tournament. Fishing on the Outer Banks has come to a dead stop. We are waiting on either the Striped Bass or the Bluefin tuna to show up.
I've had another great year of fishing and some great clients. The past several months have been pretty slow thanks to the weather, but I'm hoping either the rockfish or the Bluefin tuna will show up after the holidays. I will be fishing if you want to go. Thanks everyone and look forward to seeing you in 2014.
It seems lately the fishing has been good for a few days then it turns slow for a few more days, but we are catching fish. On the inshore bite, the Speckle trout bite is slowing up, but the Gray trout has picked up. There is still a lot of Red Drum around as well. Striped Bass season started October 1 in the sound with most fish being caught on eels or live bait. Around the inlet, Bluefish are still the best bet with a few Spanish Mackerel hanging around. Offshore the billfish bite is pretty much over. The Yellowfin tuna bite should be getting better since water temps are coming down, Last Sunday's offshore trip yielded no Yellowfin, but all the Blackfin tuna we wanted. The only problem with the Blackfins is the were on the small size. My client kept enough to eat and the rest went back in the ocean, but what fun catching them on light tackle. Two and three anglers at a time were hooked up on the Blackfin, as fast as you could pull them in and reset, you were hooked again. The Dolphin bite has been steady with a few Wahoo mixed in. The bottom fishing for Tilefish and Sea Bass has been good too. The fall King Mackerel bite should start any time. Last year, the bite started in November, so it won't be long. As I watch the weather out west and see snow falling, I hope we have a colder winter this year so the Striped Bass, AKA Rockfish will some up in numbers. It's been several years since we have had a good run and we are past due for that. Give me a call or shot me an email if your ready to go fishing.